June 30, 2020
Quality sleep is crucial for good health. Without it, biochemical reactions in the brain are altered and we cannot properly process information, make decisions, or act in the same way we would if we had a full night’s sleep. Sleeplessness can also lead to many health concerns including weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other issues.
Ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, has been shown to increase due to lack of sleep, while at the same time, leptin, the satiety hormone, decreases. This imbalance often causes us to think we’re hungry even if we’re not and to choose foods that typically aren’t the healthiest. Put this all together and it’s a recipe for poor health, increased disease risk, and continued poor sleep.
The good news is, there are several things we can do to prepare our bodies for a good night’s rest. Getting enough exercise during the day, turning off devices at least thirty minutes before bedtime, and incorporating the right foods at the right times are just a few keys to making a difference.
Foods to Eat
While incorporating certain foods at the right time is important, avoiding those foods that can disrupt sleep is also key. Alcohol, caffeine, spicy and fat-laden foods eaten close to bedtime can wreak havoc on your restfulness. If you’ve been struggling with sleep, take a few of these tips and find healthy, natural ways to prepare your body for rest. Make sure to get enough exercise during the day and consume the right foods and beverages at the right times!
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